Apple’s long-awaited iPhone 5 will be released in June of this year according to a recruiter at Apple’s main manufacturing partner, Foxconn.
The rumor comes from a Japanese business broadcast on TV Tokyo and aligns with previous speculation that the iPhone 5 would be unveiled in June at the WWDC conference.
The Foxconn recruitment officer stated that the company was looking to hire an additional 18,000 employees “for the fifth generation phone”.
When asked if the extra employees were required because demand would be high for the iPhone 5, the recruiter replied “that’s right. It will come out in June.”
It’s unclear at this stage how reliable this rumor is, given how notoriously tight-lipped Apple is about the release dates of upcoming products. A June launch also conflicts with information from recent reports which point towards an October release.